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Homebuilding & Renovating January 2020

Homebuilding & Renovating is the UK's number-one magazine for home extenders and self-builders. From build costs, planning permission, hiring builders, to project managing subcontractors and step-by-step DIY guides, each issue is packed with the best expert advice to help you deliver your project on time and within budget. You'll also find inspiring case studies of completed projects, and all the design ideas and inspiration you need to create your dream home. Whether you're renovating and extending an existing property, or building a new home, Homebuilding & Renovating magazine is your essential project companion.

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2 min.
editor’s letter

In this issue we’re celebrating the end of the year by revealing the best individual homes of 2019: the winners of the Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards. Home of the Year, our award for the overall winner, goes to Richard and Tavia Vint and their contemporary-style self-build in Surrey, delivered for a budget of £1,500/m2 . On first glance, this new family home appears pleasingly simple, but on closer inspection the meticulous attention to detail that underpins its success becomes evident. “It’s often the case that the simpler something appears, the more thought has gone into to achieving it, and the more detail is hidden away,” says owner Richard, who is incredibly humble about the couple’s achievements. Turn to page 40 to read the full story behind the Vints’ build. “The…

2 min.
self-build wales set for launch

The innovative Self-Build Wales scheme will be launched by the Welsh government this autumn to increase the availability of plots, make funding more readily available, and subsequently encourage more people to build their own homes. The scheme is designed to address the shortage of affordable housing in Wales, and the Welsh government hopes it will appeal to as many people as possible, including first-time buyers and families looking for a bigger home. Applications for the scheme are anticipated to open in late-2019. Self-builders will be able to choose a home they wish to build from approved property designs, which will be supplied at the time of plot purchase. A core aspect of Self-Build Wales is the ‘plot shop’, which will involve local authorities identifying plot opportunities then ensuring planning and site requirements…

1 min.
andrew lloyd webber joins the self-build revolution

Andrew Lloyd Webber has brought self-building to the main stage, having completed a five-bedroom build on his Hampshire estate. The composer and musical theatre entrepreneur, who is worth a reported £820m, has built a traditional composition inspired by modernism and the Notre Dame du Hout chapel in Ronchamp, Eastern France. The striking design features a non-symmetrical sloping roof and varying sizes and shapes of windows, mirroring the chapel. The prefabricated home was built by German package company Baufritz, which also operates in the UK and whose projects have featured in the pages of this magazine. Baufritz houses are built in their factory then delivered to the UK for on-site erection. Lloyd Webber joining the self-build world is a boon for raising awareness of the energy efficiency that comes with building your own…

1 min.
self-build housing for veterans

A groundbreaking self-build scheme has begun in Herefordshire that will provide more affordable housing for armed forces veterans. The 19-home project comprises a mix of houses and flats, and will see veterans gain construction skills and experience – designed to enhance their employment opportunities – as well as a place to live. The project is being organised by housing association Stonewater, alongside Community Self Build Agency – now part of supported housing provider Alabaré – and the Royal British Legion. The veterans will receive training and support from Stonewater’s local contractor, Harper Group Construction Ltd, and when built, there is opportunity for them to rent one of the homes. Herefordshire Councillor Barry Durkin said: “This scheme not only provides much needed homes but provides veterans with the training and skills needed…

1 min.
the home that grows with you

Innovative startup protaHOMES (www.protahomes.com), which launched at the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show in October, offers an online catalogue where you can purchase and download plans for your self build. Their flagship design – ‘auxano: the home that can grow with you’ – facilitates a phased approach to self-build: a two-bed house that can be seamlessly and coherently extended as your family grows and in line with your finances. The company currently offers a planning package, priced at £1,200, which includes floorplans, elevations and visualisations which can be submitted to your local planning authority. An accompanying construction pack and tender pack will be available in 2020.…

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hot plots in the west midlands

£230,000 Kidderminster This charming three/four bedroom family period home comprises a detached cottage with a large driveway and spacious garden. Includes parking for four vehicles. £365,000 Chetton, Shropshire Located adjacent to the stunning 13th-century St Giles Church, this fantastic plot opportunity sits on approximately 1/3 acre and has far-reaching views. £100,000 Bloxwich, Walsall This freehold development opportunity, comprising former workshop buildings, has received planning permission to provide two retirement dwellings. £250,000 Wheaton, Aston A great opportunity for a substantial flat plot with gorgeous county views across farm land, as well as the possibility to extend the plot to create a larger garden. IMAGE: PROTAHOMES; * ACCORDING TO WWW.BROADBANDCHOICES.CO.UK…